Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Roma closed the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus to four points after thrashing Fiorentina 4-0 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and set a new club-record of 14 consecutive home league victories.
Edin Džeko put the Giallorossi ahead before Federico Fazio’s second-half header doubled their lead. Radja Nainggolan added a third 15 minutes from time before Džeko took advantage of some lacklustre La Viola defending to score his second of the game and complete the rout late-on.
After an evenly contested first 12 minute it was the visitors who had a great chance to open the scoring when Federico Chiesa timed his run to perfection to latch onto a cross-field pass from Gonzalo Rodríguez to lob the onrushing Wojciech Szczęsny but his looping effort was headed clear by Fazio as the ball approached the goal-mouth.
In the 16th minute the hosts had a good chance when Kevin Strootman found Stephan El Shaarawy with a fine pass and he had just Ciprian Tătărușanu to beat but the keeper smothered the effort away.
Three minutes later the Giallorossi went close to taking the lead when Bruno Peres cut-inside to curl an effort inches wide of the top-corner.
In the 28th minute the hosts had a great chance when good initial play from El Shaarawy enabled Nainggolan to wonderfully pick-out Peres, who had to score, but the wing-back could only fire over the bar from close-range.
Two minutes later the hosts went close when Džeko turned his man before firing an effort that Tătărușanu saved well.
In the 39th minute the hosts took the lead. A fantastic pass from Daniele De Rossi found Džeko, who controlled the ball well before firing home past a helpless Tătărușanu.
Three minutes later the hosts had a good chance to double their lead when Džeko reacted quickest to a loose ball after Nainggolan’s freekick hit the wall but the Bosnian’s effort was smothered behind by Tătărușanu.
In the 58th minute the hosts doubled their lead when a De Rossi freekick was met by Fazio, who headed home via the inside of the post.
In the 63rd minute the visitors went close when Khouma Babacar fired an effort at goal that produced a comfortable save from Szczęsny.
Two minutes later the Giallorossi went close to a third when El Shaarawy headed a Naiggolan cross straight at Tătărușanu after Peres’ intial delivery just evaded the striker.
Four minutes later Roma went close when Emerson beat his man before pulling the ball back to Antonio Rüdiger, who turned his man to fire an effort just wide into the side-netting.
Roma went close again a minute later when Carlos Sánchez lost possession allowing Džeko to be fed by Nainggolan, the Bosnian had Tătărușanu to beat and did but his effort was cleared by the recovering Davide Astori, whose sliding-challenge prevented a certain goal.
However the challenge just halted Roma temporarily as the hosts made it three, five minutes later. Strootman sent in a teasing cross to Nainggolan, who controlled the ball well before slotting home past Tătărușanu.
Emerson then went close to a fourth when he fired an effort just over the bar in the 78th minute after Kostas Manolas’ pull-back to El Shaarawy was miscued by the forward.
Five minutes later Roma made it four. Džeko got the better of Astori, after a loose pass from Carlos Sánchez, to fire home his second of the match.
Džeko went close to completing his hat-trick when a loose pass from substitute Cristian Tello found the Bosnian on the edge of the area but it wasn’t to be as his effort on the half-volley was saved well by Tătărușanu, who tipped the ball behind.
The result meant that Roma moved back into second on 50 points, four points behind leaders Juventus, who have a game in-hand and two points above third-placed Napoli whilst Fiorentina remained in eighth on 37 points. The victory was also a new club-record of 14 consecutive home league wins.